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LitFest Presents Tima Kurdi: The Boy on the Beach

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Metro Cinema (Garneau Theatre)

8712 109 Street Northwest

Edmonton, AB T6G 2L5

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An intimate and poignant memoir about the family of Alan Kurdi—the young Syrian boy who became the global emblem for the desperate plight of millions of Syrian refugees—and of the many extraordinary journeys the Kurdis have taken, spanning countries and continents.

Author Tima Kurdi will be available for book-signing following the reading and Q&A. Presented in partnership with Simon & Schuster Canada.





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When young Alan Kurdi’s body washed up on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea on September 2, 2015, overnight the world awoke to the reality of the Syrian refugee crisis. Tima Kurdi first saw the shocking photo of her nephew in her home in Vancouver, Canada. But Tima did not need a photo to understand the truth—she and her family had already been living it.

In The Boy on the Beach, Tima recounts her idyllic childhood in Syria, where she grew up with her brother Abdullah and other siblings in a tight‑knit family. A strong‑willed, independent woman, Tima studied to be a hairdresser and had dreams of seeing the world. At twenty‑two, she emigrated to Canada, but much of her family remained in Damascus. Life as a single mother and immigrant in a new country wasn’t always easy, and Tima recounts with heart‑wrenching honesty the anguish of being torn between a new home and the world she’d left behind.

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